The Orbs class cards (Pentacles in a Tarot deck) deal with the physical or external level of consciousness and thus mirror the outer situations of your health, finances, work, and creativity. They have to do with what we make of our outer surroundings – how we create it, shape it, transform it and grow it. On a more esoteric level, Pentacles are associated with the ego, self-esteem and self-image.
The Orbs are associated with the element of Earth. Earth is tactile, earthy and tangible. It creates the foundation from which the planet can grow and develop, and it supports and nurtures the plants and trees. Earth is grounded, stable, supportive and fertile. It is a feminine element that is receptive – it takes in nutrients and sunrays and then uses this energy to sustain the life that grows out of it.
In Questeros the race of dark elves is shown on most of the cards, often in dark surroundings or underground. The fantasy class affiliated with these cards are Rogues.
The King of Orbs sits on a throne embellished with carvings of bulls, representing his connection to the astrological sign of Taurus, and vines grow about the base, symbolizing wealth and abundance. In his right hand, he holds a dagger which gives him a sense of danger and power. The hand of the throne holds a a large Orb, symbolic of his material influence. This King has an innate ability to create material wealth and financial abundance – and better yet, he can sustain his wealth over time through self-discipline, control and leadership. A city sprawls out in the window behind him, symbolic that he has control over his world through his efforts and determination. This King is therefore very serious about financial security and has made the accumulation of wealth his focus in life. He is proud of his achievements and likes to show others his prized possessions and wealth.
King of Orbs
Wealth, business, leadership, security, discipline, abundance.
Queen of Orbs
In the Queen of Pentacles, a dark elf woman sits on a stone throne decorated with carvings of goats and a ram, a symbol of material success. She holds forth a large orb, nurturing her wealth and material success. This Queen's skeletal tattoos also symbolize her ability to survive.
Luscious plants and vines surround her, representing her connection to Mother Earth, nature, and abundance. A large black rabbit sits calmly next to her, symbolizing fertility and suggesting that her life is in flow and alignment.
Nurturing, practical, providing financially, a working parent.
Knight of Orbs
The Knight of Orbs rides upon a giant spider in the tunnels underground, carefully looking at the Orb held in his hand. He is in no hurry, preferring to assess and plan his path ahead before taking action. In the background, there are many carefully spun web traps, symbolising that this Knight is ready and willing to do the work to realise his dreams, even if it is repetitive and dull.
Hard work, productivity, routine, conservatism.
The Page of Orbs depicts a young woman standing in a grassy field of blooming flowers at night. In the distance behind her is a small patch of trees, while she stands on fresh soil promising a bountiful harvest. The mountain range in the horizon signifies the upcoming challenges and obstacles the Page must surmount along her journey. The Page holds an Orb in her hand and examines it carefully, as if to discover how to manifest even more wealth and abundance.
Page of Orbs
Manifestation, financial opportunity, skill development.
The Ten of Pentacles shows a a bald dark elf controlling two large spiders near the entrance to an underground city. A younger couple stands nearby. The man is a wealthy noble who has achieved a great deal during his life and is able to protect his kin. His successes and accomplishments are now providing financial security and certainty to his clan. He can already see the legacy he has created. The man and his kin gather in a tunnel leading to the city, it represents prosperity, comfort and financial security.
Ten of Pentacles
Wealth, financial security, family, long-term success, contribution
The Nine of Pentacles shows a well-dressed dark elf woman standing in amongst natural pedestals holding large orbs. She wears a flowing, purple robe and a large crown, signs of her wealth and social status. The walls behind her are decorated with large spiderwebs. Her right hand holds a large orb as well, indicating her comfort and embrace of wealth. She can enjoy the fruits of her labours without overdoing it. A large bat sits calmly on her left arm, signifying the woman’s intellectual and spiritual self-control.
In the background is a large house, presumably belonging to the woman herself, a further signal of her abounding wealth and financial plenty.
Nine of Pentacles
Abundance, luxury, self-sufficiency, financial independence.
The Eight of Orbs shows a young dark elf laboring over an underground field of Orbs, working on removing one from the ground. In the background, there is a small castle, however he has separated himself from the distractions of that life so that he can fully dedicate himself to the task at hand. He is concentrating very hard, eager to do a good job and avoid any mistakes. As he extracts each Orb, his skills improve and he becomes a master at his craft.
Eight of Pentacles
Apprenticeship, repetitive tasks, mastery, skill development.
In the Seven of Orbs, a flamboyant dark elf leans on his weapon, gazing down at a cluster of Orbs. He has worked long and hard to to get to this point of confidence and control. Note the expression in his face, however: his smirk suggests he has found a way to enjoy the path to his success, reminding us to take care not to overdo it and exhaust ourselves.
Seven of Pentacles
Long-term view, sustainable results, perseverance, investment.
The Six of Orbs shows a wealthy assassin dressed in a red robe and mask, handing out Orbs to Ero the goblin, whom he towers over. In his left hand, he holds the hilt of his blade. This card reflects a state of financial security and generosity, suggesting that you can generously use your wealth and abundance for the benefit of others. But it also speaks to receiving generosity and the feeling of relief that accompanies much-needed assistance. The Six of Orbs is a card of giving and receiving. Sometimes, you are on the giving end; other times, you are on the receiving end. It’s an ongoing cycle of life, and this card serves as a reminder that the balance can change at any time. Even if you are surrounded by wealth, there will be times when you need the help and support of others, so be generous with your resources, as you may need the support in the future.
Six of Pentacles
Giving, receiving, sharing wealth, generosity, charity.
In the Five of Orbs, two people stand in the icy wind and snow; both are destitute and living in poverty. One man is injured and requires a cane, while the other is barefoot and has only a thin blanket to protect her from the bleak winter weather. Behind them stands a church, lit up and exuding warmth, a symbol of hope, faith and spiritual support. However, because the two people are so focused on their plight, they fail to see that help is available to them and have their backs turned to it.
The man wields a cup, however it is an empty and being used to beg with.
Five of Pentacles
Financial loss, poverty, lack mindset, isolation, worry.
The Four of Orbs shows a thief kneeling on the ground in a dark room, a city looming behind him in the window. He clutches an Orb in one hand while trying to pry at a lock with the other, seeming afraid to let go of his money. He has another Orb stashed in a backback, and two more sit near his feet. His methods and fixation on money leave him alone in the dark. He has no one to speak to, not even the friends and family members in the community behind him. The man finds himself stuck in one place with a singular fixation: wealth.
Four of Pentacles
Saving money, security, conservatism, scarcity, control.
The Three of Orbs presents a Minotaur standing before a stone building. In front of him two architects hold the plans for the design of an underground maze. The minotaurs warhammer and the architects designs show they are both capable in their crafts. Though the minotaur is considered a savage beast, the architects value its physical prowess and his understanding of mazes. Their body language insinuates that this minotaur is an essential contributor to the mazes completion and the architects want to make sure that everyone is on the same page.
Three of Pentacles
Teamwork, collaboration, learning, implementation.
In the Two of Orbs, a young goblin (Ero) dances while juggling two coins in his hands. An infinity symbol swirls around the Orbs, suggesting that this character can handle unlimited problems so long as he manages his time, energy and resources well. In the background, two ships sail the high seas, bobbing up and down on the huge waves – another sign that the ups and downs of life are manageable with focus and attention.
Two of Pentacles
Multiple priorities, time management, prioritisation, adaptability.
The One of Orbs depicts a goblins hand emerging from the clouds.. A large Orb sits in the cupped palm, freely available to whoever has the wherewithal to take it. It is as if a new opportunity, associated with wealth, business, and manifestation, has appeared out of nowhere and is now being extended to you in all its glory. The impetus is now on you to accept this offer and turn it into something meaningful and sustainable. The landscape in this card is green and vibrant. A small path leads to an archway formed from lush green trees, beyond the arch, mountain peaks soar in the horizon. This verdant imagery signals that the time is ripe to move forward with your career and financial ambitions. While it will require hard work and determination (scaling mountains is no easy task), the One of Orbs encourages you to make the most of this opportunity while it’s in its most abundant state.
One of Pentacles
A new financial or career opportunity, manifestation, abundance.